Buzz from Beninga
Welcome back, Tigers! I missed you! I am so happy to see our remote and in-person learners again.
The weather has just been glorious during our spring break! I hope you all had an opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors. And, speaking of being outdoors, we purposely leave our field and playgrounds open for our neighbors to enjoy while school is not in session. For the most part, our families, friends, and neighbors have been very courteous to leave the grounds and playground equipment clean and in good condition.
Unfortunately, in the last month, there has been some damage to the playground including playground equipment and trash being left on the playground and on the new turf that was recently installed. As a result, it's been necessary to do some expensive clean-up work and repairs.
We would love to continue to allow our neighbors access to our playground and equipment during our off hours so we need your help in keeping our grounds free of litter and using playground equipment appropriately and safely.
With warmest regards,
Melanie Beninga, Principal
Dear Lake Travis ISD Staff, Parents and Guardians,
During my Superintendent’s Update on Facebook Live in December 2020, I outlined some of our District’s major initiatives for 2021 and beyond—one of which is the development of a Strategic Improvement Plan. I am excited to announce the process is underway, and I am inviting your participation and feedback.
Working with our consultant Education Elements and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we are hosting several community summits designed to collect input for the development of our plan. Parents, students, teachers, staff and taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current state of the District and their hope for the future. Each of the two-hour events will follow the same agenda, so the public is invited to attend the summit that works best with their schedule. Zooms links are provided below:
Community Summit #1 (virtual presentation)
Monday, March 22
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Community Summit #2 (virtual presentation)
Monday, March 22
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Community Summit #3 (virtual presentation)
Tuesday, March 23
8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Community Summit #4 (presented in English and Spanish; may be held in person)
Thursday, April 8
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This plan will articulate our mission and vision, as well as the goals and objectives needed to achieve that vision. We are eager to hear what is most important to you as we begin this important process for our District together. To help us plan, please RSVP at bit.ly/RSVPCommunity. For more information about our District’s long-range strategic planning efforts, visit www.ltisdschools.org/strategicplan.
Superintendent of Schools
In March Tigers Celebrate Women's History and Music
One Community One School One Book
On Monday, March 29, our school will embark on a special project: an all-school book club called One Community One School One Book. Every family will receive a copy of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.
In-person learners will receive the book this week during library classes.
Books for families of our remote learners are in the foyer and are labeled with your last name. Please plan on picking up your family's copy by Friday, March 26.
Please click the link to view the reading calendar and to learn more. The entire WCHE family is invited to read the book together. Happy Reading!
Spring Picture Day is Now Monday, April 12
On Monday, April 12, we will have photographers from Lifetouch on campus taking our student photos. We are not taking group, class photos this year--individual photos only. Our in-person learners will have photos taken from 8 am until noon. Students will be socially distanced and wearing masks. Students will remove their masks briefly, just long enough to have photos taken.
Remote learners are invited to sign up here and come to the campus to have photos taken between noon and 2 pm on Monday, April 12. Remote learners wearing masks may enter the building via the Library's exterior entrance. Once the photos are taken, they will be returned to parents/guardians waiting at the Library's exterior entrance. We'll post a Lifetouch sign on the fence near that entrance.
To learn more about Lifetouch's safety precautions, click here.
Pictures can be purchased before picture day at mylifetouch.com using our picture day ID #EVTHQKKH4.
Hit the Easy Button! Order 2021-22 School Supplies Online Here!
Thanks to our fabulous PTO, supplies can be ordered online from schoolkidz at your convenience! The online prepackaged grade level supplies can be ordered until June 11, 2021. If you purchase your student school supplies online, the supplies will be delivered to the school before the first day of school. Grade appropriate kits are available to order online now. Click here and use account #79519 to view the kits.
We also have lists of the school supplies for 2021-2022 so that, if you prefer, you can purchase the supplies on your own from any source convenient to you.
WCHE Continues to Follow LTISD Return to School Protocols for COVID-19
To help ensure that our Tiger families stay safe, please read the Daily Symptom Screening information that I provided below and keep your Tiger(s) home even if only one symptom is present. Please send your Tiger(s) to school wearing fresh clean face masks. We will help them to sanitize their hands as they enter the school and help them to keep hands sanitized throughout the school day.
We are one team, one family. Let's work together to keep our family healthy. Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions or concerns.
Is it Allergies......or is it COVID-19?
Are your children exhibiting a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, congestion, or a runny nose? According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are symptoms common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies and should be taken seriously. In fact, Lake Travis ISD health and wellness protocols stipulate students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including those common to both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies as depicted above, should be kept home.
Recently, students across our District who have been sent home with common symptoms have tested positive for COVID-19. If your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including those common of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies, please keep him/her home.
Furthermore, I urge everyone to continue the consistent practice of personal hygiene and social distancing so that we can keep our school safe and operational. We are one team, one family.
Dear Parents/Guardians of Tiger 5th Graders:
If your child receives updated immunizations at his/her 11-year-old well check, please turn the record in to me. I will then be able to make sure that the immunization record is as up to date as possible before he/she is promoted to middle school.
There are 3 vaccines recommended for preteens. At 11-12 years old, your preteen should receive vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:
Please remember that you are welcome to contact me if you have questions concerning immunizations.
Dana Hensel, RN, NCSN, WCHE School Nurse
Yearbooks can be purchased here online for $35 plus a $1 handling fee. Pride lines and personalization options are also available for purchase.
Staff Shout Outs
In the last few weeks, families submitted shout outs to our staff. Your words of appreciation were priceless and brought big smiles and tears of joy. Thank you, and please continue to submit your shout outs!
If you would like to send a shout out to a WCHE staff member or teacher, I will gladly pass it along. It can be anonymous or signed. Thank you for lifting up our hardworking teachers and faculty. We love what we do and appreciate your partnership.
Thanks for taking a minute to say thanks!
Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying
Our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying is dedicated to Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd Grade Tigers who have just learned to tie their shoes AND for Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Tigers who know how to tie their shoes and have not already been honored on our Wall of Fame for Shoe Tying in prior years.
The honor is extended to in-person learners and remote learners. Contact our PE coaches if you have questions or need a paper or electronic shoe sent to your Tiger(s.)
On-line Learning Available ONLY Through Your Child's LTISD Account
To gain entry to student learning, students should use the LTISD LT1 Classlink to enter and access all classroom google links. This ensures secure and safe learning.
If students/parents attempt to access class meetings or documents without using the student's credentials in LT1 (for example, logging in to the browser from a parent's personal or work account instead of the student's LTISD account) access is restricted. To prevent unauthorized people from accessing our classrooms, only appropriate LT1 Classlink logins with the student's credentials can gain access. Access attempts by any other accounts will be denied.
PLEASE be sure to access all google links through our LT1Classlink using the appropriate LTISD student's credentials.
District Assisting With Technology to Support Remote Learning
The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) will lend Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to students in grades K-12 who have limited or no access to a device at home and who do not already have a device from our initial deployment this past spring. Our district has had a high volume of requests. Thank you for your patience.
Families who meet the above criteria may request a Chromebook and/or WiFi hotspot by phoning the LTISD Technology Department at 512-533-6565.
Also, there is a known issue affecting the login credentials of some of our families with district-issued Chromebooks, and we have developed a solution to help you establish credentials for login. If you are unable to log in, please follow the steps outlined here, and if you need additional assistance, please feel free to contact us. We appreciate your patience.
Our Neighborhood Bookmobile is Back!
The Lake Travis Community Library Bookmobile comes to our neighborhood amenity center for contactless reserve pick up service, take and make crafts, and free Wi-Fi.
Our favorite Bookmobile will be a the West Cypress Hills neighborhood pool on alternating Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm.
LTISD Chromebooks to Remain Checked Out to Students While on Campus
Students who checked out a District-issued Chromebook for remote learning at home and will be returning to in-person learning on campus should retain the device and bring it to school for use in the classroom as needed, much like an assigned textbook.
Chromebooks will remain checked out to the student until a date to be later determined or at the end of the 2020–2021 school year, whichever comes first.
Meals for Remote Learners
Students in remote learning at home may purchase a meal for pickup from our school cafeteria. Learn more here.
Please note, menu options may be limited. If a parent or child in remote learning at home wishes to pick up a meal at school, accommodations must be made via email directly with the café manager, Mrs. Corinne Stewart, before 10:00 a.m. daily. All meals for remote learners must be picked up at the school’s front office during the regular meal schedule.
Yes, Students Withdrawn from LTISD May Re-enroll Later for In-Person Learning
Students can be re-enrolled for in-person learning after having been withdrawn as students of the LTISD. The re-enrollment process is the same as the enrollment process for any new LTISD student. The re-enrolled student will, initially, be scheduled for in-person learning at the school building.
Once the re-enrolled student is attending school in person, remote learning, if desired, may be selected when the district next extends an invitation to select a preferred learning option.
This week's focus is on thinking of solutions:
Remembering the word “step,” S-T-E-P, will help Tigers remember the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps. In the last lesson we were focusing on the S step, S: Say the Problem. This week we focus on the T step, T: Think of Solutions. Solutions help us solve the problem. They’re ideas about what we can do. Solutions must always be safe and respectful.
This week, if you have a problem, remember to say the problem and then think of solutions!
We're, also, making plans for our upcoming Career Month in April when our Tigers will have opportunities to learn more about different types of careers, hear about real-life career experiences, and enjoy fun dress-up days.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am happy to be of assistance. We are one family, one team!
03/01 - 03/31/21....Music in our Schools Month and Women's History Month
03/11 - 05/09.........Register for Summer Camp & Save $25
03/16 - 06/11/21....Order 2021-22 School Supply Kits Online Using School Code 79519
03/23 - 03/26/21....Remote Learners Pick Up The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
03/24 - 04/23.........Virtual PreKinder and Kinder Round Up - Learn More
03/29 - 05/01/21....WCHE Reads The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
04/01 - 04/30/21....Career Month @ WCHE!
04/02/21................Staff and Student Holiday
04/05 - 04/09/21....National Assistant Principals' Week
04/12/21................Spring Picture Day! Purchase at mylifetouch.com ID #EVTHQKKH4.
04/13 - 04/16/21....Spring Book Fair Student Preview Days
04/19 - 04/23/21....Spring Book Fair Shopping Days
04/19 - 04/23/21....National Library Week & Public School Volunteer Week
04/21/21................Administrative Professionals' Day
05/01 - 05/31/21....National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
05/06 - 05/07/21....WCHE Field Days
05/07/21................School Lunch Hero Day
05/27/21................End of Year Class Parties Day - Party Schedule
05/28/21................Tiger 5th Grade Promotion Day
05/28/21................Last Day of School - Early Release at 1 pm - No Extended Care Today